5th Annual Portland Early Music Festival

will bring together singers and instrumentalists from New England and beyond specialized in the performance of music from the late Renaissance through the Classical period.

Please note:

This year’s festival concerts are being staged at two different locations! Also, please note that start times are different for each concert.


Also, each concert will be preceded by a short pre-concert lecture,  starting 20 minutes BEFORE the performance start times shown below. The lectures will conclude 5 minutes before concert start to allow for final seating.


Friday, 28 October, at 7:30pm

St Luke’s Cathedral

143 State Street

Portland, ME


Saturday 29 October, at 8pm

Memorial Hall

Portland Conservatory of Music

202 Woodford Street

Portland, ME


Sunday 30 October, at 4:30pm

Sanctuary of Woodford’s Congregational Church

Portland Conservatory of Music

202 Woodford Street

Portland, ME


Friday’s concert showcases The Berry Collective, led by fortepianist, Sylvia Berry:

  • Thomas Carroll, historical clarinetist
  • Rebecca Shaw, ‘cellist
  • Dale Munschy, guest fortepianist
  • Sylvia Berry, fortepianist/artistic director

The centerpiece will be Beethoven’s exuberant trio in B-flat, Op. 11 for clarinet, ‘cello, and piano. Works by CPE Bach, JCF Bach, Vanhal, and Mozart will round out the program.

For Saturday’s program, we are pleased to feature the El Dorado ensemble, a group of five gambists and lute. Here’s a taste of their delightful sound.
Their program, “Giardino Musicale: 17th-century Instrumental Music from Venice and Rome”, includes works by well known composers such as Lorenzo Allegri and Giovanni Gabrieli, but also works by several lesser known but fascinating composers.

Sunday’s program features two Maine ensembles. The concert opens with the Bowdoin Chamber Choir, directed by Robert Greenlee. They will perform music from the time of Henry VIII, including both continental and English composers, as well as music by Henry himself.”
The second half of the program will be performed by the St Mary Schola, directed by Bruce Fithian, performing Monterverdi’s Combattimento. Click to hear their concert performance of Purcell’s “Come all ye songsters” from The Fairy Queen.

News from last year’s festival:

The Maine Early Music Scene


Allan Kozinn, special to the Portland Press Herald

In Christopher Hyde’s Maine Classical Beat




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